We all know the success the Mets have had on Opening Day since losing eight of their first nine. But having attended every home opener from 2000-19 (2021 gets an asterisk because of limited tickets) and 21 overall (the Mets are 15-6 when I’ve been there), I wondered how they’ve done in their first home game over the years. So… View Post
Eighty-six years ago, Babe Ruth came through Newark just before his final season — two months, actually — as a player. The Braves were barnstorming north in advance of their April 16 season opener against the Giants in Boston and stopped for an exhibition against the defending International League champion Newark Bears at Ruppert Stadium on April 7, 1935. Coming… View Post
Some various facts about the Mets’ Opening Day opponents through the years… After opening against the Nationals in 2019, the Mets were scheduled to do so again in 2020 before the season was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic (they opened against the Braves instead). The 2021 schedule also saw them slated to begin the season in Washington, until that entire… View Post
NOTE: Originally posted on April 1, 2010, this analysis is now updated yearly to show the latest accurate numbers. This all began in 2010, after I posted the Sports Illustrated baseball preview cover on Facebook. My friend Brad left this comment: One of my first SI issues was the 1987 baseball preview issue, with Cory Snyder and the Indians on… View Post
New Jersey used to be the hub of the Atlantic League, with up to half of the franchises located in the Garden State. Now, there are none.